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Damage to Raja Ampat 12 times higher than previously thought

Damage to Raja Ampat 12 times higher than previously thought

JAKARTA — The extent of coral reef damage from the grounding of a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship at Raja Ampat earlier this month is about 3.5 times as big as an American football field — much greater than previously thought, the Indonesian government said this week. On March 4, the 90-meter-long Caledonian Sky, owned by tour operator Noble Caledonia, ran aground at low tide on a shoal in West Papua province and damaged 18,882 square meters of coral reef in the Dampier Strait, according to an official statement released on Tuesday. The ship had earlier that day taken 102 tourists on a bird-watching expedition, part of a 16-night journey from Papua New Guinea to the Philippines. The damaged area is almost 12 times larger than a preliminary estimate had identified. The latest assessment is the result of a joint investigation by the Indonesian government and the London P&I Club...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/damage-to-raja-ampat-12...

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